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James Van Der Beek remembers 'Dawson's Creek', 'Varsity Blues' and the role that got away

You know James Van Der Beek, from, well, being James Van Der Beek. The former star of Dawson’s Creek played a fictionalized version of himself on 2012’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, after adding a whole list of credits (like Varsity Blues, Rules of Attraction, and How I Met Your Mother) to his resume in addition to Dawson.

The Beek’s next role? Divorced doctor Will in CBS’s new sitcom Friends with Better Lives, premiering March 31. Before he shows off his comedy chops once again, Van Der Beek took a game look back at his most important roles — and the people who still hold a place in his heart, even after two decades in the biz.

The role my mom loves the most: Varsity Blues
“I think my mom was probably a Dawson fan, but it’s so funny — my mom’s favorite scene is the one in Varsity Blues where I give all the names for the different words for an erection. She just finds it really funny. The fact that I say ‘Pedro’ at the end of it, she just thought was hilarious. Quite frankly, I don’t want to discuss or think too much about why.”


'Don't Trust the B' and 'Dancing With the Stars' are a match made in bitchy mirrorball heaven

Planet Mirrorballus is still aliiiiiiiive! James Van Der Beek — TV’s James Van Der Beek — faced off against the Real Dean Cain in the hardwood rectagon on tonight’s Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23. That’s a huge mouthful of extra cheese, but it totally worked, because when does extra cheese not?

James’ Dancing With the Stars arch rival Dean Cain got to dance with real-life pro Karina Smirnoff, while James — who had difficulty contending with his original boozy, strung-out partner on last week’s episode — met his bedazzled match this week in new partner Valentina (Shanti Lowry). Sadly, after a decent dress rehearsal that was VERY Girls Just Want to Have Fun Final Dance-Off (Dawson was Janey Glenn and Superman was Natalie Sands), James stumbled during his cha cha with Valentina. He’d been drugged by June’s mom of all people, via a Chinese tea with “messed up radish people” on the package.  READ FULL STORY

James Van Der Beek on 'Conan': Too hot for TV -- VIDEO

How hot is meta, grown-up James Van Der Beek? So hot that his interview on Conan last night got interrupted by an actual fire alarm.

One minute, Van Der Beek was describing his douchey Don’t Trust the B—– in Apt. 23 character and complimenting Conan O’Brien’s high, tight butt — the next, their conversation was pierced by a high-pitched screeching sound. “So let me get this straight, James Van Der Beek,” Conan joked as the alarm grew louder. “You wait 14 years — 14 years — ’til it’s safe to come back on this show” — the host and the former teen idol hadn’t chatted since The Beek’s Dawson’s Creek days — “and there’s a f–in’ fire alarm!”

Then Conan threw to commercial so his crew could quiet the noise (or, you know, put out the fire). Watch it here:


Which pop culture reunions would you like to see on TV?

I love it when worlds collide on TV. Like when Terry O’Quinn scored a gig on Hawaii Five-0 alongside former Lost pal Daniel Dae Kim. Or when Lisa Kudrow did a guest stint on Cougar Town. It’s simply fun to see our past faves on the small screen together again.

The latest good news for nostalgia addicts? Busy Philipps is going to visit her old Dawsons Creek buddy James Van Der Beek in the season premiere of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. And that got us thinking: In a perfect world, what other reunions would fill us with glee? Oddly, none on Glee — but there are plenty of others that made our picks.

My ultimate guest star? In a fantasy world where everything I want comes true? George Clooney on The Good Wife, where he would play a hot doctor with legal troubles who crosses paths with Alicia (Clooney’s ER co-star Julianna Margulies) before starting a torrid love affair. Hey, I can daydream. And since that’s sort of a specialty here at EW, here are some of my colleagues’ picks. Chime in with yours below:

Denise Warner:

Sarah Michelle Gellar on Bones!!! READ FULL STORY

Where does 'Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23' go from here?

The morning after ABC first aired  Don’t Trust the B– in Apt. 23, I wrote a post that questioned whether Chloe — that titular B, played by Krysten Ritter — was just too mean to be sustainable. “Eventually, watching Chloe scam someone or ruin a life for the zillionth time will feel both tiresome and unpleasant,” I wrote, suggesting that the show’s writers try making her more three-dimensional.

On the eve of Apt. 23‘s first-season finale, I’ve decided that I spoke too soon. In every episode since the pilot, Chloe’s schemes have grown more preposterous — and, as she’s moved from scamming potential roommates to hooking June up with her dad to adopting a kid just so she can have a free personal assistant, the show has gotten funnier. Chloe isn’t malicious: She’s just completely indifferent to everyone else’s needs and feelings. The befuddlement she shows when June confronts her is genuine, and it goes a long way toward keeping Chloe from being a monster. Or, at least, an unlikeable monster.

Still, part of me worries that Apt. 23 might burn itself out.  READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Jmwillard:

“I heard Jon Hamm’s really good at basketball, is that true? Is January Jones a robot?” 

– Chloe (Krysten Ritter) on meeting Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, April 25th, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!


EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Mt99casper8:

“Who wants to get weird and play Mario Kart?” 

– Chloe (Krysten Ritter) holding a bag of illegal Chinese energy pills on Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, April 11, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!


'Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23': How mean is too mean?

Chloe, the titular b—- in Apt. 23, is terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. She finds roommates, steals their money, then acts so awful that they move out. She has no qualms about getting an 11-year-old boy drunk or selling illegal Chinese energy tablets on the black market. She’ll screw your fiance on your birthday cake to prove a point. She’s best friends with James Van Der Beek.

ABC is hoping that despite all this, viewers will love Chloe — or at least keep tuning in to see what appalling thing she does next. But can we really be expected to root for, or even tolerate, a character who has basically no redeeming qualities? READ FULL STORY

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